Jennifer Fleischner Nobody's Boy

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Nobody's Boy

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A work of historical fiction, Nobody’s Boy is loosely based on the real-life story of a slave named George Kirkland. George’s owner, Hugh Garland, the lawyer for Mrs. Emerson in the Dred Scott case, brought him to St. Louis at the age of about five. George’s mother, Elizabeth Keckly (dressmaker for and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln), bought his freedom and, in about 1860, sent him to college in Ohio. Like the main character in Nobody’s Boy, the light-skinned George ultimately joined a Missouri regiment in the Civil War, enlisting as a white man on the Union side. Not long after, he died in the battle of Wilson’s Creek.            The early 1850s was an important time in Missouri—a turning point in the buildup to the war and the beginning of the historic Dred Scott case. The story of George’s short life is an intimate look at race and life in Missouri at this time, seen through the eyes of an African American boy who grew up on the color line.

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Jennifer Fleischner is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Adelphi University in New York. She is the author of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave.

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This short novel takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, in the early 1850s. Slave seamstress Elizabeth Keckly buys her freedom and that of her son, George, 16. Keckly then goes on to become a dressmaker for and friend of Mary Lincoln in the White House, while George finds his own way to fight against repression. The author of the adult history Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly (2003), Fleischner apparently draws on her own research for this novel, and the backdrop is thrilling. The narrative, however, in which George tries to fill in the historical gaps, may leave readers confused. And, of course, it begs the question, why did Fleischner choose fiction instead of biography? What really keeps the pages turning is the close-up of George, a light-skinned young slave, who can pass for white in a cruel world, and his brave rescue of a friend. How much of this is true? Further readings, a time line, and notes will help readers find out more. Hazel Rochman
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